Yoshida is being recognised for his distinguished career at JSR, his contribution to the Japanese synthetic rubber industry, and his influence in the Asian region. He began his career at JSR in 1964 after graduating from Osaka Prefecture University with a master of applied chemistry. This led to assignments of greater responsibility at the Yokkaichi Research Laboratory. He held a number of research and development positions and in 1998 became Executive Vice President and board member of JSR and of Japan Butyl Company Ltd. In 1999 he received his PhD from Osaka Prefecture University. Yoshida became president of JSR in 2001 and Chairman in 2009. During this time he served as Chairman of the Japan Synthetic Rubber Manufactures Association. Since 2012, Yoshida has been serving in his role as the Director, Executive Advisor of JSR. Janin received his PhD from the Institut de Catalyse à Lyon where he focused his research on the polymerisation and the properties of the ladder polyphenylsiloxane. He joined Michelin in 1972 performing research on polyurethane elastomers. From 1983 - 1992 he was responsible for the research, development, and industrialisation of synthetic rubber. Following a brief assignment as the Administrator for the Research Center in Clermont Ferrand, he became the Director for Research, Development and Industrialisation for Tyre Materials for the Michelin Group, a position he held until his 2007 retirement. Since then he has served as a Scientific Advisor for Laboratoire de Recherche et de Contrôle des Caoutchoucs et Plastiques (LRCCP) and he is President of the Scientific Council of the French rubber and polymers competitiveness cluster Elastopôle.